Christmas is almost here! I love this time of year because of the ambiance. The smells, the music, the decorations all make the world around you feel cozy and almost give you permission to slow down. Which is hard to do when you’re busy buying presents, attending parties, wrapping presents, and making cookies. This is the big reason I try to start this super early because I hate deadlines. Do deadlines give anyone else anxiety?
I like things done at a slow pace. Rushing makes me crazy. Oh, and on top of the craziness, I’m sure we can all relate to the financial struggles that come with this time of year. And if you have a big family, FORGET ABOUT IT! That’s why today’s post covers a few things. It’s a super cheap present that you can give to anyone you’re thinking of. I love making this for the moms in my life (although men can certainly benefit too!). They involve minimal ingredients, you don’t have to take an extra trip to the store because you can easily get it while grocery shopping. Most of all, I love it because it involves self-care which us moms could use more of.
I love the ritual of massaging it on my skin. And the aromas smell delightful. Best part? Hello smooth skin! We know how hard that is to have during the dry winter.
Extra tip: While you’re making this gift for others, think of yourself too! Make an extra batch for you.
Why Make Your Own Body Scrub
As a mom struggling with maternal mental health issues, the possible root cause for these disorders can be heavy metals & toxins in your body. Our liver is the filter to which these toxins go through and if there gets to be too much, it can become backed up and cause a variety of symptoms (depression, anxiety, OCD). One of the first steps I recommend is to cut back on the toxic load in your house. Beauty products are full of chemicals and so by making a homemade product, you know exactly what is going into it. To check the beauty products you already have, you can check what they’re rated at the EWG’s site.
Benefits Of A Body Scrub
- Increases blood circulation
- Helps skin look more vibrant and youthful
- Helps absorb a moisturizer into your skin best
- Sugar scrubs are gentler on the skin than salt scrubs
- Smoother skin
- Reduce stress
- Smooths razor bumps
- Makes hair removal easier
- Reduces the chance of a breakout
- Minimize the appearance of large pores
- Helps reduce the appearance of dark or age spots
How To Use A Body Scrub
I like to use this after my shower. You want to let warm water run on your body for a good 5-10 minutes. The warm water softens the skin and prepares it for exfoliation. Then when you’re ready, pause the water, apply some scrub on your hand and rub it in a circular motion on the desired body part. Don’t use the scrub before you shave because it can irritate the skin.
I scrub for about a minute on each body part or wait until the sugar is dissolved. Then I rinse off, pat dry, and follow up with a body oil.
Homemade Body Scrub Recipe
*Lasts 2-3 months in a sealed container at room temperature
Equal parts sugar and oil – I will do 1 cup of each
Oils I like to use:
- Coconut oil: Will melt in your hands when you start to apply.
- Almond Oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Avocado oil
- Olive Oil
Scents You Might Try:
*Start small with essential oil. Add a few drops, stir, and see if you like the scent.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice or Cinnamon
- Vanilla Extract
- Lemon or Orange Essential Oil
- Vanilla Extract & Lavender Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Coconut Lime (Use coconut oil and lime extract
- Creamsicle: Vanilla Extract and Orange Essential Oil
- Rosemary & Mint: Rosemary and Mint Essential Oil
- Coffee: Add old coffee grounds
For Added Benefit Try Adding:
- Honey: Amazing skin healer
- Vitamin E Oil: Antioxidant properties, reducing wrinkles
Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
I’d Like To Know!
Have you tried a sugar scrub before? What’s your favorite scent? Share in the comments below.
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